Random Writing Quote:

“Chapter 1.
He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion...no, make that: he - he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yes. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.'

Uh, no let me start this over.

'Chapter 1.
He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street-smart guys who seemed to know all the angles...'.

Ah, corny, too corny for my taste. Can we ... can we try and make it more profound?
'Chapter 1.
He adored New York City. For him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in...'

No, that's a little bit too preachy. I mean, you know, let's face it, I want to sell some books here.
'Chapter 1.
He adored New York City, although to him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage...'

Too angry, I don't want to be angry.

'Chapter 1.
He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.'

I love this.

'New York was his town, and it always would be.”

--Woody Allen

Fauzia Burke

Speaker: Fauzia Burke

Date: July 16, 2016

"Online Branding for Authors"

Every author’s digital brand is his or her biggest asset, and creating one is vitally important for long-term success. However, there have never been more demands on an author’s time than today. In this session, you will learn which efforts are worth your time and which ones are a distraction. Whether you're an author or someone who advises authors (publisher, agent or publicist), this session will be relevant. You will learn through examples and case studies how to connect all the elements of digital marketing (website, mailing list, blogging, social media, advertising and publicity) into a cohesive, successful and sustainable personal brand.
 

Fauzia Burke is the founder and president of FSB Associates, an online publicity and marketing firm specializing in creating awareness for books and authors. She’s the author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors (Berrett-Koehler, Spring 2016). Fauzia has promoted the books of authors such as Alan Alda, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Melissa Francis, S. C. Gwynne, Mika Brzezinski, Charles Spencer and many more. A nationally recognized speaker and online branding expert, Fauzia writes for the Huffington Post, MariaShriver.com and MindBodyGreen. For online publicity, book publishing and social media advice, follow Fauzia on Twitter (@FauziaBurke) and Facebook (Fauzia S. Burke).


Upcoming speaker for August 20, 2016:

Steven G Jackson

Speaker: Steven G Jackson

"Structure Matters: Engineering a Novel"

Steven G. Jackson is the author of the 5-star thriller novel The Zeus Payload. He has two more thriller novels near completion, and several others in the planning stage. He’s also a playwright, with four produced comedies in the last two years. After a career as a technology director in the aerospace business, he started his new career as a full-time writer. He also serves the SCWA as a Vice President.

Steven will delve into the details of structuring a thrilling novel, leveraging his Master of Professional Writing degree, his writing experience, and his engineering background, to give a comprehensive look at why structure matters, and what professionals are looking for when they evaluate your novel. You’ll leave with knowledge and tools to help you build a thrilling tale.

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